Design of Steel Structures

CVE30002, formerly HES3121 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 48 Hours





Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to analyse indeterminate structures using approximate methods and to design steel structures.
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Analyse indeterminate frames and trusses using approximate methods of analysis. (K1, K3, S1, S2)
2. Describe the material properties of steel. (K1)
3. Determine the ultimate tensile capacity of steel members considering both yielding and tensile fracture. (K1, K3, S1)
4. Determine the ultimate bending moment capacity of steel members considering both yielding and lateral buckling. (K1, K3, S1)
5. Assess shear capacity of beams and design web bearing stiffeners if required. (K1, K3, S1)
6. Determine the effective length of compression members in both braced and sway conditions. (K1, K3, S1)
7. Determine the ultimate capacity of compression members taking into account both yielding and buckling. (K1, K3, S1)
8. Identify the load paths in connections and classify the function of steel connections according to their moment carrying capacity. (K1, K3, S1)
9. Describe different welding techniques and classify different types of bolts and their installation. (K1)
10. Design bolted connections in shear, tension and combined actions. (K1, K3, S1, S2, S3)
11. Design welded connections and fastener groups. (K1, K3, S1, S2, S3)
12. Function effectively in small groups to design a simple steel structure considering different loading actions, constructability and structural safety. (K3, S1, S2, S3, A4, A7)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.